I still would recommend Steiner pages. I use them too for worldwide.
When you say you want "classic" I assume you do not mean a more affordable entry album but say a used Scott National. I would not recommend used beginner Liberty or Minuteman albums.
I count around 144 pages for the all pages through 1960. You can buy a pack of cover stock and get them printed on a laser printer (find a friend - not inkjet) and put them in a nice Lighthouse Vario G (large one) binder for around $40 off Amazon. You can get a ream of 250 sheets for less than $20.
If you are open for an upgrade from entry, the best bang for buck US album is the Mystic Heirloom album. It looks like the price is $49.95 these days (although I see prices at $45.95 too). You get three binders and pages for general postage and airmails. This is what I have for my US collection. At some point, I will like get better binders but they work.
The positives: 1. Stamps are not crowded on pages with a clean look 2. Includes Scott numbers for all spaces and album is more or less Scott order 3. There is descriptions for all issues and history on left hand side (back of other page) 4. Uses standard 3 ring paper size with D-ring binder that lays flat. Slip cases available
The less positive: 1. The paper is 28# so not as robust with heavier items on page. This is less of an issue (like punch holes tearing) with older issues (not as much weight on page) 2. The binders are basic but find them durable enough. You can always use any other one you like
You see used Mystics albums on ebay but the prices are often higher than new and shipping is often higher than Mystic.
If you're looking for ready-made, Amos is selling pages for the Scott National album -- $59.49 plus S&H for Part 1 (1845 -1934) and the same price for Part 2 (1935 - 1976). They also sell binders and slipcases.
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